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Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

A good book club read, with a strong overall score of 8 disguising what was actually a pretty broad range of scores. We all agreed it was well-written and entertaining enough to make us all want to keep reading but we were not so aligned on the characters and the style of writing. What made some of us chuckle others found less convincing, but the character of Elizabeth Zott navigates the challenges of being a single, unmarried mother in the 1960s, whilst trying to forge an independent career in the very male dominated field of science, in an endearingly unique and unapologetic way. A novel that deals with some tough situations in a matter of fact, and sometimes comedic, manner letting the character’s experiences and reactions speak for themselves.  It gave us lots to talk about!

Overall score: 8

Range: 5.5

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